Chelsea and Liverpool have moved to the front of the queue to sign Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka in the summer, according to reports from Spain.
Barcelona-based publication Sport claim that the German international is likely to swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League once his contract with Schalke expires at the end of the season.
Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the highly-rated player, yet Sport report that he is willing to snub a move to the European giants by moving to the Premier League.
Although Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs were said to be the English teams leading the chase for Goretzka, Antonio Conte’s side have emerged as a potential destination for the player.
While many expected the 22-year-old to join either Barcelona or Munich, comments from Olivier Bierhoff last week suggested he would be heading to England in the summer.
Bierhoff, speaking ahead of Germany’s friendly with England, said: “We feel that England, because of the amount of money you have with TV rights, young talented players like Leroy Sane and [Schalke’s] Leon Goretzka are moving to England [or to another country] and this is not good for our league but also for the quality of our game.
“We have to pay attention and invest again and again in the education of our coaches.”
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Dier: More to come from Loftus-Cheek
England midfielder Eric Dier called for calm around Ruben Loftus-Cheek, urging people not to get “too carried away”.
Loftus-Cheek produced an impressive performance on his senior debut for England in a 0-0 friendly draw against Germany at Wembley on Friday.
Dier hopes the 21-year-old, who is on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, can continue moving forward.
“Everyone’s known about Ruben’s potential for a long time,” the Tottenham star said post-game.
“It’s great that he’s now playing regular football week in, week out at Crystal Palace. That can only allow him to fulfil his potential. Hopefully this [his international debut] is another step in his progression.
“There’s so much more to come from him, but there’s no point getting too carried away at this point. He’s a good boy and he still has a lot to work on, like all of us.”
“He showed a great attitude, willing to get on the ball anywhere, with the confidence to do that and that’s fantastic and great to see,” he said.
“Ruben is a big boy. He’s been the same since he was 12 I think. He’s strong, he’s got great physicality, he moves the ball really well.
“There’s fantastic potential there and hopefully he keeps working hard to fulfil it.”